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Walk - A walk of 2 Dales and a Trail

A walk in Derbyshire this time, starting in the picturesque village of Alstonefield via the free car park with public toilets.

This walk fits in a lot of features of the beautiful countryside of the peak district.

Route:

So from the car park we will head south down to Milldale before joining the trail of Dove Dale, following the river down to the limestone caves of Dove Holes and then continuing along the river to the footbridge by Ilam Rock, as we cross the river and head up the path into Hill Dale where we come to our first incline of the day that takes 2km to reach the top and climbing 140 metres overall. Once reaching the top we will wander into the little village of Damgate and then onwards and over the top of Highfields and Bincliff lead mines both disused before following the wood line to Larkstone Lane. Once here we head south down the minor road to the Manifold river and onto the Manifold Way, now in the valley we pass 2 weirs as we follow the river and where we first set sight on Thors Cave on the hill side. Crossing the footbridge over the river we head up the hill and to the entrance of Thor's cave (so bring your torches). From Thors cave we head back and then into up and into the village of Wetton, from Wetton we head easterly and onto the 2km home straight back to Alstonefield where the pub of the day is 'The George' in the heart of the village for the usual refreshing end of walk drink.

Highlights:

• Alstonefield

• Milldale 

• Dove Dale 

• Dove Holes (caves)

• Ilam Rock

• Hill Dale

• Disused Lead Mines

• Manifold Valley

• Thors Cave

• Wetton

• The George pub


Route Details:

Start:  10.00am

Finish:  4.00pm (eta) 

Distance:  9.70 miles (15.61 Kilometres)

Elevation: 

501.64 feet [masked] metres) at the lowest point

[masked] feet [masked] metres) at the highest point

Footpaths: 70% 

Tracks:  10% 

Roads:  20%

The Usual:

As always make sure you are prepared for this walk. 

You will need: 

• Walking boots are always the ideal footwear of choice - especially as its Winter now, where the ground can be wet and slippery so a good grip and ankle support is essential.

• Suitable clothes, Layers are good, (Jeans aren't recommended as if they get wet they become heavy) lightweight breathable trousers are better, walking trousers or sports wear.

• Waterproofs are essential as it is now Winter

• Hats & gloves - worthwhile to pack just in case 

• Snacks, Sweets etc.

• Torch for visiting Dove Holes & Thors cave 

• Adequate water or soft drinks

• Camera

As it's Winter the weather can change so you may need waterproofs but then again it can also still be sunny too so don't forget your sunglasses also useful to bring spare warm clothing such as an extra jumper/jersey and maybe a spare pair of socks.

Sense of humour is essential!!


Lunch will be by a tree line so we will have shelter but this is open countryside with NO shops/café's near by so:

PLEASE BRING A PACKED LUNCH - please be self-sufficient by bringing food/drink for the day before hand.

Please arrive in plenty of time so we can promptly start at 10.00am 

(I do have a cut off time that we WILL start walking by so if you arrive late I cant guarantee we will be there still waiting)

When I plan the route beforehand I have to calculate Winter daylight times for the safety of the group and benefit to you all.

Thanks

Andy



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  • Di

    Di
    Another great walk - thanks Andy. Despite the weather not being too kind to us - we all stayed in good spirits and were treated to some beautiful countryside :)

    1 · February 16, 2014

  • Fay K.

    was a lovely walk great scenery company as always,but atrocious weather,but you cant help that andy,went to sainsburys and got a massive tray of carbonara pasta,hmm comfort food and carbs and a hot bath and bed

    1 · February 16, 2014

  • Andy S.

    Got home threw every single soaking wet and muddy item in the washer and after a hearty meal and a shower managed to get warm again, thanks all for the company and putting a brave face on the rather poor weather,

    1 · February 15, 2014

  • Petra

    Great day! Thanks Andy. Great bunch of people. Now in pjs drinking wine...

    2 · February 15, 2014

  • Ana M

    Oh, I really enyoyed it. Yes it was freezing cold and wet and muddy, and windy, and lunch was somehow skipped, but the scenary was beautiful and the chats very engaging. Loved it Andy. Big thank you!!!! :-)

    2 · February 15, 2014

  • Paul

    Thanks Andy, I really enjoyed the walk. I'll see you again when the weather is better. I'm thinking august.

    2 · February 15, 2014

  • salvo

    Hello, I would like to take part, but I don't own a car, is car sharing an option? thanks

    February 10, 2014

    • Fay K.

      my number is[masked]

      February 14, 2014

    • Di

      Thanks Fay see you in the morning :)

      February 14, 2014

  • Paul

    If anyone needs a lift let me know

    February 14, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi - I'd prefer to share if that's ok? I can drive to you - text me[masked] and we can arrange. Ta!

      February 14, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I can give a lift from Sherwood Rise if that helps - or if anyone (between there and Junction 26) wants to offer one that's great.

    February 13, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi Fay. Happy to give you a lift although did you spot that Di messaged this morning that she can offer you a lift? If you still want a lift from me text me[masked]

      February 14, 2014

    • Fay K.

      just replied to di,thanks for offer,hopefully going with her

      February 14, 2014

  • Fay K.

    i need a lift please,if anyone can from nottingham

    February 12, 2014

    • Di

      Hi Fay I can give you a lift now if you would still like one? I am picking people up from outside the Grosevenor Casino at 8.30 :)

      1 · February 14, 2014

    • Fay K.

      oh yes please,see you tomorrow,sent you another message asking you but just seen this

      February 14, 2014

  • Andy S.

    UPDATE: weather for tomorrow for the area is - cloudy and dry the majority of the day with possible light showers between 12-2pm, tempature similar to today 7 degrees, my mobile in case of problems[masked] I am doing a recce of the pub for tomorrow this eve and staying at the local yha, so see you all tomorrow and ready to go for 10am - Andy

    February 14, 2014

  • Ana M

    Andy, has been ages!! Sounds really lovely. Look forward to your walk :-)

    February 14, 2014

  • Wendy

    Hi Andy, Would it be ok to bring my dog? She's a bit too curious with cattle/sheep but otherwise very friendly....

    February 13, 2014

    • Andy S.

      Yes no problem we do have dogs coming along from time to time - unless anyone objects? If so message me please

      February 13, 2014

  • Nicky

    Would love to go but am at work...again :(

    February 10, 2014

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